If you’re like the majority of Americans, you will be traveling sometime during the holiday season. Whether you are getting to your destination by way of car or plane, you will certainly face some challenges when it comes to staying on track with your diet. Here are a few tips to make sure that you are less likely to get pulled away from making progress during the holiday season.
Opt out of the in-flight cocktail. We get it…it’s the holiday season and what better time to clink glasses with your long-distance family members. Unfortunately, a couple of high-altitude cocktails can give your vacation a rough start and it’s a sure-fire way to get you off on the wrong foot. Not only is alcohol dehydrating, it has a tendency to enhance your fatigue, mental grogginess, and dizziness associated with the jet-lag that is already going to put a damper on your upcoming days. Steer clear of saying cheers before you reach your destination and focus on staying hydrated with water.
Be prepared. One of the best pieces of advice that you can get from those who have accomplished their health goals, is to be prepared. Preparation for your trip will allow for you to relax during your vacation and you will have no excuse to reach for the cupcake when you find yourself starving. Pack a cooler with healthy, diet-approved snacks that will keep you fueled while you’re on the go. There are so many temptations when you travel, from the fast food options at the airport to the in-flight potato chips and sodas, so ward off any potential slip by preparing your snacks ahead of time. And when you get to your destination, feel free to stock up on healthy treats from the local grocery store.
Avoid the peer pressure trap. Being around family during the holidays probably means that you will be surrounded by the traditional food staples that you grew up enjoying. There is a good chance that your siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles will be indulging in these classics, and when they see you sipping your water and avoiding the table of treats, they may try to pressure you to join them in their indulgences. Oftentimes, we feel like we have to say yes to please others, remember that this is your goal, and when the holidays are over, it will be just you that you have to face again. Your family members may not like the fact that you aren’t budging on the cookies and pies that they worked so hard making, however; they are family and there is a good chance they will love you regardless of what you choose to eat. It may help to remind them that your health goals are very important to you.
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